Day 2 – Camino Costa Rica

Today is an absolutely beautiful day. Why? When was the last time you slept in the jungle? Off grid and no air conditioning. Plus I last slept under a mosquito netting. Now throw in two all night snorers and shut down any chance of air movement all night. You now begin to feel last nights pain.

Once or twice I recall getting using my petzl head light to avoid stepping on anything creepy or crawly in the floor or in the bath. And then I soaked a hikers towel and took it back with me to bed. That cool sensation lasted long enough so that when the loud generator shut down; all I heard was jungle noise and finally sleep came.

Not a drop of wind blowing anywhere yet hours earlier it blew right through the area keeping all mosquitoes at bay. The jungle nearby is alive and active but, it too does stop at some point and everything seems to also fall asleep.

Breakfast at 0600 a.m.was awesome. Rice and beans or beans and rice as expected plus eggs, delicious coconut water freshly baked bread.

Then after breakfast a flat boat ride back to the Muelle Goshen where we picked up the hot sweltering trail. And now it’s cool as it clouds up as I finish a dip in tonight’s hotel pool.

If you don’t mind getting a little wet, visit between May through November when prices are at their lowest. During June and July, rain showers pause briefly, and Costa Rica’s forests burst with green foliage. That’s what I read. The reality is it stopped raining a day or two earlier than the start of our road camino.

Day 3 is looking like a wet one. Stay tuned.

Our day two started out as scorcher and then it got hotter from there. So why do this. If you have to ask then adventure travel is probably not right for you.

Today’s first road included nasty rocks on an uneven dirt packed road surface. The road went on and on and on with no unnecessary curves thrown in.

We pass by an endless banana plantation. Locals on anything but walking travel in both directions. It’s too hot and humid to walk. But we walk on.

Finally at one point I can’t play follow the leader anymore on account of needing to stretch my steps and find my own damn rhythm. This worked for a while. Finally, it started to feel like a real Camino.

On account of no trail markings and sketchy areas that we walk by it is highly not recommended by our guide to veer too far off the beaten path. And now we walk on a paved road with no way to stepping off.

More locals on bicycles ride by, several give the traditional”Pura Vida” welcome greetings and continue by. The two expat women are walking side by side quizzing each other about a Spanish lesson they are doing while walking.

At one point I playmy walking music out loud and add to the roads commotion. The brain has a way of easily entertaining oneself while on a long enough walk.

And then two SUVs, a white and black one stop ahead on the road and a non shady looking guy steps out.

I easily recognize my friend “Marco” as he is now offering everyone iced down Gatorade or cold water. Conchita is the driver. What a wonderful welcome experience. Costa Rica Trail angels at just the right time. I was spent at that point as today is a 24 km day. Yet it’s not even 1000 a.m.

No one around seemed to care that we are all stopped on this two land hardtop road barely wide enough for a city bus. Stepping off into the overgrown jungly grass could be a close encounter with a snake or worse. Things that sting, bite or worse are all around.

A little wildlife picture spotted today and if you’re a fisherman the large fish above can still be caught today according to Julio Knight owner of the lodge we stayed at.

This local woman now warns us about traveling through a bad hombre section of the camino.

While planning a trip to Costa Rica keep in mind that the weather varies by region.

In the thick forests of the Caribbean Sea coast and Northern Plains, expect high humidity and temperatures ranging between the 70s and high 80s year-round.

Conversely, in the North Pacific, prepare for lower humidity levels, but temperatures that often soar into the 90s during Costa Rica’s dry months. Read that as well.

Did I yet tell you how hot it was today? Even the three expats on the camino whom I am hiking with say so.

And yes we walked on an active train track until we reached a man made foot path. I almost broke through a plank section. But not to worry, the heat is the only thing that might kill me.